Friday, January 4, 2008

Kenya-Quick Updates

Al Jazeera English and the BBC are both reporting that today's rescheduled opposition protest march in Nairobi has failed to materialize. Both sources focus on the substantial police presence as the reason that turnout for the rally was much lower than yesterday- no coverage yet from any of the noteworthy Kenyan blogs and no comment from opposition leadership.

The BBC and the Guardian both report that earlier today, the ODM started stepping up demands for new elections within three months. No response yet from the government, other than holding the line that they are only interested in pursuing political solutions after violence decreases, which somehow seems to miss the point.

In diplomatic news, both a senior State Department Official and Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda are on their way to Kenya to talk to both sides.

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